Archive for Sunday, February 8, 2004

Business briefs

February 8, 2004


Faces and places

Cale Doornbos and Joy Rhea have joined Lawrence-based Landplan Engineering as landscape architects.

Doornbos has two years of experience in landscape architecture. He received a bachelor's degree from Kansas State University in 2001. His responsibilities include: construction documentation, community planning, site design, technical assistance, research and graphic support.

Rhea received a bachelor's degree from K-State in 2003. She assumed initial duties of staff planner, providing technical assistance, research and graphic support.

Sherri Nicholson has joined the company as a receptionist and office aide. She provides administrative support.

  • The Lawrence Home Builders Assn. recently elected new board members. They are Jim Christian, of Jim Christian Homes; Doug Hassig, of R&H; Builders; and Mark Tozier, of Factory Direct Appliance. The association also elected new officers. They are Dee Perry, president; Heath Seitz, president elect; George Grieb, treasurer; and Frank Male, secretary.
  • The Kansas Board of Accountancy announced that 70 candidates passed the two-day certified public accountant examination that was given Nov. 5-6. The following area candidates passed the exam: Abram Chrislip, Jeffrey Geurts, Leanne Miller, Stacey Schneider, Lawrence; and Alison Leiszler, Ozawkie.
  • The deadline for the Rural Community Development Initiative Home-Based Health Care Demonstration Program is 3 p.m. Friday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development department announced that $1 million in grant funds were available to encourage the development of rural home health care cooperatives. For more information, contact Stephen Wetherbee by phone at (202) 720-1503 or e-mail at
  • The Kansas Health Foundation is accepting applications for its Recognition Grant program. The grants are designed to support grass-roots organizations promoting health in Kansas. Applications are due March 15. For more information or to receive an application, call the foundation at (316) 262-7676 or (800) 373-7681. Information also is available at
  • InvestMidwest Venture Capital Forum will be May 5-6 in St. Louis. The forum aims to attract applicants from the Midwest who have launched entrepreneurial growth companies in technology and related industries. Representatives from the nation's top venture capitalists, corporate and private investors and investment bankers will be present. The application deadline for businesses, who would like to present their ideas at the forum, is Feb. 20. The form is available online at Information can be submitted to For more information call (314) 444-1151.

Honors and awards

Gerry Cain, president of TIP Research Inc. of Parkville, Mo., was named Supplier of the Year -- 2004 at the Minority Supplier Council luncheon in Kansas City, Mo. Cain was recognized for providing marketing intelligence that had made significant positive impact on his clients' organizations and for helping to educate clients on the benefits of research in achieving strategic goals.

Cain also was appointed to the Kansas University Alumni Marketing Committee. Cain is an adjunct professor in strategic communications at KU.

Coming events

The Western Farm Show will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 21-22 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 23 in the American Royal Complex in Kansas City, Mo. The cost is $5. The show features the latest in equipment and farm resources.

  • Consumer Credit Counseling Services will present "Discover More Dollars" from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Topeka Public Library, 1515 SW 10th St. in Topeka. The seminar will cover topics such as goal setting, developing a budget, cutting costs, spending habits and savings plans.

To make reservations to attend the free seminar, call (800) 383-0217, ext. 368.

  • The Douglas and Franklin County Extension Services are sponsoring an Agriculture Profitability Conference. The event will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at Building 21 of the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds.

The conference will cover topics such as crop and livestock insurance, land values, and crop and livestock outlooks. The deadline for registration is Feb. 16. The cost is $10. To register, stop by the Douglas County Extension Office, 2110 Harper St.

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